Medina High School choral students perform Coldplay's “Viva La Vida” during Thursday’s dress rehearsal for “Showtime 2018 – Imagine.” NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE
MEDINA — From ’50s classics like Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” to the 1980 Dolly Parton hit “9 to 5,” students sang and danced their way through a dress rehearsal for Medina High School’s “Showtime 2018-Imagine” musical revue Thursday afternoon.
“It is really a beautiful production with the lights and the student costumes, the choreography we have,” director Tyler Skidmore said before the show. “It looks good and it sounds good.”
More than 250 students are participating in the annual show.
Senior Cameron Olin is serving as a choir officer for the final production of her high school career.
“We are basically running the show. We are the MCs of the night,” she said. “We do little skits here and there, and I am also in some acts.”
Olin said she is looking forward to performing a duet with her sister.
“I have a duet with my little sister, Bailey, which is really cool because I’m a senior and she’s a freshman,” Olin said. “I get to do my last hurrah with my little sister.”
Despite the fact that the show has been performed annually for nearly half a century — this is its 48th year — Skidmore said the audience gets to experience a fresh show every year.
“We repeat some things every once in a while, but new music, new chorography, the new students make a difference,” he said.
Skidmore said while cast members were given some “parameters,” students were able to piece together their own costumes.
“They hit Goodwill and local businesses or eBay and try to find their costume pieces for the show,” he said.
Senior Hannah Mayer, who performs with the school’s ensemble choir, dance ensemble and a cappella group, said going to student performances as a freshman inspired her to participate in “Showtime.”
“When I was a freshman, I wasn’t really involved in choir but I would go to the concerts, and just see how magical it was when they all performed together,” Mayer said. “That made me to want to be involved. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.”
Skidmore said the number of students involved in the production is one of the great things about “Showtime.”
“I love that this just gets so many more people on the stage, experiencing what it feels like to be a chorus member on a Broadway show.”
While a dress rehearsal typically is closed to the public, Skidmore said his students don’t like playing to an empty house, which is why area seniors and Medina teachers were invited to Thursday’s rehearsal.
“We like an audience, and we know that especially the senior citizen group that comes to our concerts, a lot of them have been watching Showtime for many years,” he said.
Junior Alex Miller, who does everything in the show from singing and dancing to playing the keyboard and accordion, said the show provides students with an opportunity to accomplish something together.
“It is always a lot of fun,” Miller said. “It is a bunch of time together with great people, and it is always a good time.”